Waste Reduction Tips

E Waste

Reduce your electronic waste 

Paper & Printer Waste

Reducing your printing has a larger impact on both paper and toner cartridges!

Green Holidays

There are many ways to reduce your waste during the Holiday Season!

Reduce Junk Mail

Eco-Cycle outlines how to get rid of junk mail in 6 steps. This includes helpful tools and links to end the flow of junk mail.

Buy in Bulk

Buying products in bulk can drastically reduce the amount of waste an indiviual generates. Many stores offer certain foods and home products in bulk, like Refill Revolution. This local company offers a huge array of products that are available in sustainable ways. 

Advocacy and Campaigns

Boycotts and Procotts for Zero Waste
Presentation to the 2015 US Zero Waste Business Council conference.  Includes examples of strategies and tactics.
Be Straw Free Campaign
This campaign was created in order to educate the environmental impact that straws impose. This campaign began in 2011 by a 9-year-old named Milo Cress.
Take Back the Tap Campaign
A CU Boulder initiative in order to reduce the number of disposable water bottles on campus. 
Waste-pickers Campaign
Waste pickers are workers in an informal economy who recover recyclables.  This 2009 declaration highlights their struggles.


Why Should We Reduce Our Waste?

Climate Change
polar bear on sinking iceberg
  • Lessen the impact to our agriculture and fresh water locations.
  • Lower the frequency of natural disasters that are affecting our communities internationally. 
  • Protect endangered species.

Saving Energy and Money
The album cover for Macklemore's Thrift Shop
  • If an object is not bought in the first place then the energy it takes for an item to be shipped, processed and recycled is not needed.  Think about how much energy it takes for an item to be created and disposed of before buying it. 
  • You can save money by taking a reusable mug to select coffee shops and get a discount on your morning coffee! To learn more visit the "Mugs, Bottles and Bags" page located above. 
  • Also save money by shopping second hand, then recycle your old clothes for someone else to use. 
  • Save money by finding a trash service that will let you pay based on the size of the trash bin you are provided, and give you composting and recycling bins for free!

Lessen Landfill Impacts on Surrounding Communities
A boy standing in a landfill
  • Landfills create water pollution when the trash is saturated with water and certain particles cannot be removed through a water treatment process. This is dangerous to the surrounding communities because their drinking water is contaminated.
  • Air pollution is created through the natural gasses that are released from the decay of materials. Being surrounded by these toxic gases can be a factor in lung and heart complications.